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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-24-2008, 09:19 AM
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rust on wheel hub

is there a way to remove the surface rust-it looks awful next to my new slotted rotors.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:29 PM
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Wire brush and elbow grease.

There are rust removers you can buy at hdwe stores that will make the work easier. But unless the rust is deep I would just stick to a dry wire brush. Then you can coat them with a semi clear grease or paint them.
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Rust

The problem with rust is the metal is oxidizing...if you cover it up it will always come back unless you can prevent the metal from oxidizing...the kits you see at the auto parts store are good at preventing the spread of oxidation if you scrape back to where you can see bare metal all the way around the rust spot...then you can proceed with painting. There are shops that will strip the wheel for you completely and then repaint the wheels at a cost of like $100 each. Kind of expensive I know but otherwise you are peein on a forest fire...it just won't work.

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Old 01-24-2008, 01:47 PM
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This has been done by a number of people. Its not difficult or impossible. Rust in the hub is like rust on any other steel surface.

Sand blasting is the best way to clean it. Its so effective at producing clean bare steel it will start to rust in a very short time. It has to be primed immediately or coated with grease.
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Franka...do they even make rust in tx?
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I know for sure they make it in OHIO and MICHIGAN...where the roads are salted on a regular basis in the winter...
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Old 01-24-2008, 05:27 PM
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I know for sure they make it in OHIO and MICHIGAN...where the roads are salted on a regular basis in the winter...

I grew up in Michigan learning to drive in all the different conditions. Even out on the frozen lakes when I went ice fishing with my father and he let me drive at 13. Great fun at 13 sliding the car for a 1/4 mile.
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